Home of the free, because of the brave. This Memorial Day we remember and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. The clinic will be closed Monday, May 30th in observance.
You no longer need a mask to enter IHCRC. However, your provider may require you to put one on before entering the exam room or office. If you are ill, please continue to wear a mask for everyone’s safety. Thank you for your cooperation.
Tucked away in a hallway rarely traveled by patients or staff are the hard working staff known as Patient Benefit Coordinators. We prefer to call them our unsung heroes. These individuals battle daily to ensure our patients have the health care, services, and insurance they need.
The clinic will be closed Wednesday, June 1st, for staff training. Please plan visits and prescription pickups accordingly. Thank you for your patience.
This professional training is FREE and intended for classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and youth activity program staff. The activities are appropriate for use with elementary and middle schools. Our goal is to provide new activities with a focus on integrating health education and promoting mental well-being with physical activity. Activities presented will help promote health education concepts, experiential learning, team building, cooperation, and communication.
In order to better serve the needs of American Indian youth ages 6 to 24, IHCRC began a redesign and reinvigoration of its youth programs last year. The team noted that while suicide and drug use prevention remain crucial, IHCRC's youth programs must also be designed to address one of the most important characteristics of care for American Indians, attentiveness to the four aspects of an individual's nature (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual).
Interesting conversation and a warm cup of coffee, what more could you ask for?
In spring of 2020, IHCRC's Behavioral Health Department had a waiting list of more than 60 youth. Additionally, staff had begun to recognize the need to offer support for American Indian youth identifying as LGBTQ2S+. A study by Kids Data found that 7.6% of California's Native American youth identified as LGBTQ2S+. Using that percentage to extrapolate Oklahoma numbers, more than 1,800 Native American adolescents ages 10-18 are LGBTQ2S+. (2,610 when adolescents who are dual race or ethnicity are included.)
Ten percent of IHCRC's annual patient population are ages 65 and up. Another 1,500 are ages 55 to 64. According to the U.S. Census, 14.2% or 6,387 of Tulsa County's population are Native American ages 65+. Elders in Native American societies play a vital role in the preservation of Indian culture. Elders teach younger generations about spirituality and history. They are considered to "wisdom-keepers" and are held in the highest regard.
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in our community, some my find themselves stuck at home waiting out an unwanted quarantine. Help ease the time by utilizing this great resource guide for American Indian and Alaska Native families during COVID-19 quarantine. Featuring winter activities, indigenous cooking, talking points, and fun crafts, this guide helps parents tackle the topic of the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic while keeping kids entertained!
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the clinic will be closed on Monday (January 17th). We will reopen at normal hours Tueday morning.
The last two years have been all about separating ourselves from… you know… people. Other people. Those people. Them. As much as I want to believe, still, that pre-pandemic normalcy is surely right around the corner, I struggle with a pragmatic belief that we probably are living our new normal and must adapt. I miss the people. And I know you do too. I think the biggest change every single one of us people had to adapt to was the isolation and separation from other people. This was required of us all. All ages. Globally. In both physical and psychological ways, it’s taken a toll and impacted our lives and relationships. We need to get our peopling opportunities back. The energy created, the understanding achieved, the motivation sustained, the respect appreciated, all feed off our ability to be present with our people. We have an amazing group of 161 people. (That active staff number is as of the writing of this piece.)
From your friends at IHCRC, Happy New Year!
Ten percent of IHCRC’s annual patient population are ages 65 and up. Another 1,500 are ages 55 to 64. According to the U.S. Census, 14.2% or 6,387 of Tulsa County’s population are Native American ages 65+. Elders in Native American societies play a vital role in the preservation of Indian culture. Elders teach younger generations about spirituality and history. They are considered the “wisdom-keepers” and are held in the highest regard.
We are now offering COVID-19 booster shots for those who are age 18 and older with 6 months since their last shot. Proof of vaccination is required so please be sure to bring your vaccination card.
Did you know IHCRC has an app for quick and easy pharmacy refills?
Flu shot registration is now open for all current IHCRC patients and scheduling your appointment has never been easier! Please call 918-588-1900 and select option 1 to schedule your appointment. Slots available from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm on September 29th. At your appointment time visit the VFW building just behind the clinic.
Last year alone 81,000 drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period. If you or a loved one suffers from a substance abuse addiction, seek help before it’s too late. The journey to sobriety begins with recognizing the problem. Take the first step today by visiting our website at www.ihcrc.org/satreatment.
So you’ve recognized you may have a substance abuse problem, but need help with the next step? It’s time to talk to a trained professional.
We have unfortunately been watching the increase in COVID-19 infections in our community and our state. Our responsibility is to protect the health of our patients and our staff. Therefore, we have made the decision to postpone or cancel all non-clinical activities at this time. This decision was not made lightly. We do not like returning to 2020 any more than you do. But your health and your lives are most important. We will continue to be open for your healthcare, behavioral health, dental, optometry, and pharmacy appointments and needs.
Looking for a fun way to stay active without leaving your house? Join our virtual fitness classes happening now! Trained staff help guide you through three styles Chair exercises, Circuit 30 Class, or Dance Class.
The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been granted emergency use authorization by the FDA for adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. IHCRC is now accepting appointments for adults and adolescents 12 years of age and older.
If you have used the services offered at the Indian Health Care Resource Center in the last six months please take a minute to answer a short survey regarding after-hours care options.